Re: [bolger] Diamond
- Nels, I somehow missed the MAIB write-up. Can you
post any information about Diamond?
--- Nels <arvent@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, Wesley Cox__________________________________
> <inspirfe@d...> wrote:
> > Jon,
> > I'm a big fan of the work on your web site. I'm
> > similar to a Toto, but am torn between my usual
> tiny boat desires,
> > weight vs. sea worthiness. I've never used a
> kayak and am
> hesitant to
> > go that route. There's no questioning their sea
> worthiness, but I
> > question the comfort level.
> Hi Wesley,
> Jon's Toto looks like a really capable rendering of
> that model. I
> can't help but consider what Jim Michalak would
> suggest and would
> consider sending the query to him if I were you. I
> would also send
> it to PCB&F ask what they would suggest.
> I have done a lot of canoeing in big water but not
> much kayaking,
> but a kayak is more capable than a canoe. Bracing
> skill with the
> paddle and good balance are required to stay
> upright. You might also
> want to make enquiries at your local kayak club if
> there is one.
> Bolger's DIAMOND looks like a really innovative
> design if one is
> looking to go onto Lake Michigan. It is both
> spacious and stable
> compared to the usual sea type kayaks and like he
> says it fills a
> niche in the market that has not been addressed
> Don't be deterred by it's length. It could be easily
> transported by
> a small two wheeled dolly which would store in the
> hold when you are
> Of course if it paddles really easily, one would
> want to sail it
> The plans are $50 from PCB&F and there is a write-up
> in MAIB Feb
> 2005. The prototype was built by Bob Cushing of
> Cazanovia NY and I
> think Bruce Hallman built a model.
> And I want one:-)
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- I'm not sure the quoting is still accurate in this thread. In any
case, I'm sure the Dynel is good if the issue is just abrasion.
However, I think at the partners, and perhaps elsewhere, localized
crushing is part of the picture. In that case I'm guessing fiberglass
would remain superior. Not that you couldn't have a bit of dynel over it.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Harry James <welshman@...> wrote:
> One layer of dynel is 6 times as abrasion resistance as 1 layer of 6oz
> glass per some tests in Boatbuilder several years ago.
> pvanderwaart wrote:
> >> What about armoring the mast with fiberglass and epoxy at the
> > partners and other wear
> >> points? Or wrapping it with some other thing to prevent wear?